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Pele was able to stop the Nigerian Civil War for 48 hours!


Some of you might not even like football (soccer), but it’s pretty much impossible that you have never heard of this sport’s greatest player ever: Edson Arantes do Nascimento or most famously known as the legendary Pelé!

Pelé is known for scoring over 1,283 goals throughout his career and winning 3 FIFA world cups (3 out of the 4 he participated in). He is indeed known as the greatest football player ever in history (yes, even better than Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo).

Many modern great teams such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United wanted Pelé to sign with them. However, the government of Brazil declared Pelé an “official national treasure” to prevent him from being transferred out of the country!

His skills as a football player were able to make him a star around the world. He toured with his team (Santos do Brazil) internationally so they could take advantage of his popularity. Even in 1967, the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos, which happens to be the most populous city in Nigeria!

So when Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo can stop a war for 48 hours give us a call so we can name them “the best football players in history”.

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The plural of Wildebeest is 'Wildebeesties'!


Wildebeesties are goofy looking animals, so it's only fitting that they are given a goofy name. One such name is one of three grammatically correct plural forms of the name Wildebeest. The three ways you can make 'wildebeest' plural is by referring to them as 'wildebeest', 'wildebeests' or my personal favorite, 'wildebeesties'.

The wildebeest, which admittedly looks a lot like a cow and a zebra combined together, strolls through the African plains. It's tough being a wildebeest, as even though there are hundreds of thousands of them still alive, local hunters and poachers, as well as threats from other animals in the wild, has caused the wildebeest population to drop dramatically. Hopefully, they won't go extinct within the next few decades, because their only legacy would be the fact that we could call them 'wildebeesties'!

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The computer that won Jeopardy! memorized Urban Dictionary and started swearing!


Watson, is an artificial intelligent system initially created to see if it could beat the best of the Jeopardy! Contestants, which included Ken Jennings. Long story short, Watson eventually did beat Ken Jennings in a game of Jeopardy!

However, when Watson would communicate with humans, it sounded very artificial. Eric Brown, someone who helped design Watson, decided it would be best if he added the entire 'Urban Dictionary' to Watson's vocabulary so it could pick up and use slang terms as most humans do. Unfortunately, Watson picked up all the sexual terms and swear words, and began using those nonchalantly.

In order to bring Watson back down to a PG-13 rating, technicians had to design a swear filter for Watson so it wouldn't swear uncontrollably!

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7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Hockey

An average professional hockey player loses 7 pounds in one game!


Hockey players are on the ice for only one minute shifts. The workout of the game is one of the most intense in professional sports. Players say that the time on the ice is spent holding their breath. They are pushing and shoving so much that they feel they exhale almost the whole time they are on the ice. 

Players don’t have time off in the off-season like they used to, either. The sport is so demanding that they do everything possible to stay in shape. Players can lose from 5 to 8 pounds in a single game. Of course most of the loss is water weight, but it causes the players to be very conscious of the amount of their fluid intake.

Goalies don’t make it to the bench as much as other players and can lose as much weight as a forward or defenseman. They began putting water bottles on top of the goals. Sometimes, the water bottles move when goals are made, and judges and announcers have actually used this more than once to determine if a goal counted or not!

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HDMI is actually a company that charges royalties for using their technology!


HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia interface. They charge $10,000 royalties annually to those implementing their technology of the Adopter Agreement. Any company that uses their adopter has to pay the annual fee on time, even if they are a small-volume manufacturer.

HDMI has a stack of rules and regulations for the use of their technology. HDMI has become the global connectivity standard for HDTV and the consumer electronics industry. It is the first and only digital interface to combine uncompressed HD video, multi-channel surround audio, and intelligent command data into a single connection. For the customer, it makes connecting HD devices dramatically simpler, while providing consistent and high-performance delivery of all the latest product features.

The HDMI standard has been adopted by thousands of manufacturers worldwide, and has been built into hundreds of millions of consumer products - not just home theater components but also PCs and PC peripherals, mobile devices, automotive systems, and a lot more.

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